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‘It’s a shame, but things must be shaken up’: Oldham Athletic chairman defends suspension of three coaches

By Matthew Lees

With three members of Paul Dickov’s coaching team placed on gardening leave, Oldham Athletic chairman Simon Corney has defended the decision.

Gerry Taggart, Paul Butler and Lee Duxbury are the victims of an internal shake up after Latics suffered four successive defeats in December.

With Oldham out of form, Corney explained the decision in his New Year message to the club’s fans.

“It was a shame because they were all very good guys especially Lee, who has been with me since the days of John Sheridan,” said Corney.

“As we know it’s a results driven business and results were not what we wanted or expected.

“Everybody from the manager to the coaching staff realised we had to try and shake it up.

“Let’s hope it’s the start of new things.”

Despite questions surrounding the choice to keep Dickov as manager, Corney reaffirmed he is the right man for the job.

“We have kept on Paul Gerrard and Tony Philliskirk is also helping out,” added the Oldham chairman.

“It’s going to be a very tough January no question about it with only hard games.

“It’s going to be very trying but I would like to see Paul [Dickov] succeed and he has every possible chance.

“He knows results have got to be turned round and pretty soon.”

Having taken action to kick-start the Latics’ season, Corney admitted he is concerned by the club’s league position.

“It is worrying,” said Corney.

“We still have a small cushion between us and the bottom four but it’s getting closer than we hoped.

“We need to finish in this division as its imperative for a club like us facing a few issues.”

Corney also believes January will be a tough time off the pitch with the transfer window open and Jose Baxter’s contract due to finish.

“We are looking and we know we probably need to strengthen,” said Corney.

“We obviously don’t want to go down but I would like the likes of [David] Mellor, [Carl] Winchester and [Chris] Sutherland to get the opportunity to fit into the first team and to show what they can do.

“There was a good chance of keeping Derbyshire but with Alex McLeish now in charge who knows.

“Jose is in high demand as he is a fantastic player and in my opinion is the best division, so it won’t be easy.”

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